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[177] position to the person at whom he sneered, but was less frank in his ascriptions of gratitude. The elder Agassiz once said to me that so vast was becoming the multiplicity of publications in every branch of science, the time was approaching when no man would be able to write on any subject with the slightest sense of security. The hope is that by new intellectual facilities in the way of labor-saving methods, the human mind may become enabled to keep pace in some degree with this multiplying mass of studious materials, just as it keeps pace with vaster and vaster executive enterprises. It is pleasant to think, also, that the wider the range of fascinating knowledge, the stronger becomes the argument for continued personal identity. Next to the yearnings of human affection, the most irresistible suggestion of immortality comes from looking up at the unattainable mystery of the stars.

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